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Daryl Dennis

Daryl Dennis

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Cal State LA Athletics, Contributor

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Cal State LA’s men’s basketball team picked up a non-conference victory Wednesday and will now set its sights on eight important California Collegiate Athletic Association contests that will end the regular season.

The Golden Eagles rebounded from a dreadful start and overcame La Sierra, 97-85, in the University Gym. Cal State LA (11-10) surrendered the first 10 points of the game and trailed by 11 points, 17-6, before getting its wakeup call. The Golden Eagles went on a 14-0 run and led the rest of the way.

Roderick Evans-Taylor led four Golden Eagles in double figures with 19 points and eight rebounds. Jordan Nelson-Brown and Garrett Carter had 17 points each and Brandon Hitchman had a season-high 13 points in his longest outing of the season.

Isaac Deese led four La Sierra players in double figures with 20 points. Kyle Hamilton had 18 points, Reynoldo Solorzano had 16 points and Curtis Brisbane had 12 points.

Grant Arthur had nine points, Miles Ford had eight points and eight rebounds and Travis Hammonds finished with six points for the Golden Eagles.

Cal State LA shot 50.7 percent for the game (37-of-73) and made 16-of-33 from 3-point range. The Golden Eagles were 7-of-8 from the free-throw line. La Sierra shot 47.8 percent (33-of-69) and was 6-of-11 from 3-point range. La Sierra was 13-of-19 from the free-throw line.

La Sierra had a 42-34 rebounding edge. Cal State LA committed only six turnovers to nine for La Sierra.

After falling behind by 11 points, 17-6, the Golden Eagles got on track and built a 53-41 lead by halftime. Arthur broke a 17-17 tie and gave Cal State LA the lead for good with a 3-pointer. A 3-pointer by Hammonds gave the Golden Eagles their 12-point halftime lead.

Cal State LA started the second half strongly and built its biggest lead, 79-52, after a three-point play by Hitchman with 13 minutes to play. La Sierra kept battling and climbed to within 87-75 with 3:54 to go, but Frid converted a three-point play with 3:15 to go to stop the La Sierra surge.

Cal State LA will return to action on Saturday with a road game at Cal State Dominguez Hills.

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